How you make money from footnotes depends upon who else is interested in looking at the lists you've compiled. They could be lists of scholarly articles. If you make lots of lists about chores to do, you could also make money from compiling footnotes, depending upon whether your lists or data bases citing scholarly articles is of interest to enough people. See, "How to Win Cites and Influence People" by Jack M. Balkin and Influence People," by Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School. According to the book, there's the field of legal citology. But there's also medical and scientific or technical citology.
Librarians and journalists as well as various book authors and educators also would be interested in citology, not cytology, the study of cells, but citology, the study of citings--not sightings. Also see "Style Guides Turabian Format - Utah Valley University." Or check out, "Turabian Footnotes." Or view, "Free online bibliography generator." That website helps you to properly cite resources according to Kate L. Turabian "A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" 8th and 7th editions, "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" 6th edition and "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" 7th edition. It's an assistance device, not intended to serve as a substitute for those manuals.
Sure, the news cites entertainers more often than research scientists or legal experts
What about citing scholarly footnotes? If you look at legal citology, it's the systematic study of the citation practices of those professors, research assistants, and law review editors who produce articles in journals widely circulated in the legal academy, says commentary on the book, How to Win Cites and Influence People - Yale University, 71 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 843 (1996) (with Sanford Levinson). You know doctors, educators, authors, and scientists probably would be interested in medical citology as would medical writers/journalists, editors, and indexers.
Each branch of the various sciences, legal publications, and industry trade publications may have its own number of scholarly publications citing scholarly articles, book titles, various media, and their footnotes which give readers the sources of information to check out. Newspapers and magazines also may do fact-checking of articles' resources (sources of information) and quotes.
As far as citing law journals, there are judges, politicians, journalists, and anyone else who writes letters to the editor who may cite law journal articles
So you have an audience of, academics are most interested in citations by others who publish primarily in academic journals. And physicians are interested in reading citings/citations in medical journals from commentary to scholarly articles and research results. How many people read footnotes? A lot.
You have university professors even testing students on footnotes, according to what students report. And there's marketing reports and industry also interested in what's in the footnotes. So can you make money compiling and citing footnotes and putting them in a database or online in a form available to the public?
Citology also can be an alternative to trying to find a job in a library or as a journalist, whether you're a student, retired, or want to explore the world of compiling footnotes. The question is whether you'll find a natural niche in citology, the study of footnotes. Or are there already too many people developing databases of footnotes in your area of expertise?
There are lots of book authors that might hire you as a freelancer/entrepreneur to compile and cite footnotes, such as scholarly articles at the back of their books. So you might contact them or their agents and publishers or the associations that fish out work to independent footnote compilers, editors, and indexers. See "APA - Citation Style Guide - Research Guides at New York University." You even could start your own association for freelance citologists.
We are ranked by the number of our citings that other writers use
We are counted individually as writers or rather content producers in the digital media. Or as library workers or those seeking more alternatives to being a librarian when there aren't enough jobs for everyone interested in the field.
You may find that you can make some money by publishing lists of the most-cited articles appearing in law reviews, medical journals, industrial publications, technology periodicals, or any other industry or sports that pique your interest. It depends on what businesses are willing to buy the footnotes you've cited and ranked.
For example, you can compile and publish lists of the most-cited law, medical, technical, or scientific review articles. Or pick any other topics where there are continuing studies to cite in various databases you develop. Or you can check out which existing databases can use your entrepreneurial endeavors to make lists of footnotes on any given subject which attracts your interest. It's like collecting information, trivia, or names of studies of interest to researchers looking for other studies to cite.
Compile lists of citings
If you like to write and/or publish, your gift of compilation--working with details and facts--can come in handy if you compile lists of citings. Pick the most-cited articles appearing in medical and/or law reviews, for example, or similar "most-cited" articles appearing in engineering reviews, sports publications, scientific reviews, or any other topic related to your background or interests. The collection is about compiling lists of citings not sightings. When research is cited in a published work, you cite the research title and where and when publication occurred.
As you publish the lists or citings of the most frequently cited articles appearing in trade publications or professional journals, you can sell the lists to professional associations, schools, other publishers, distributors, or universities as well as corporate marketing research firms, list brokers, and businesses. Market the lists on the Internet, or put them on CD-ROM, DVD, or other disks.
You might enjoy creating a new discipline, whether it's medical, legal, technical, scientific, artistic, historical, psychological, genetic, anthropological or any other category of citology. For example there's the field of legal citology.
The most cited
You can check out the PDF article, "The Most Cited Law Review Articles of All Time - Michigan Law Review Articles of All Time." This article is an essay that updates earlier studies from 1985 and 1996. It's about the most-cited law review articles.
If you're interested in making money or developing a hobby in citing footnotes, you also may be interested in the research tools, actually databases known as HeinOnlie and Web of Science. Many databases let lists be compiled because there's so much more information to make sure is thorough and accurate.
So, if you're interest is in being the most accurate and thorough in some field of knowledge, you can take a look at the tables presented listing the 100 most-cited legal articles. For example, you can check the most-cited articles in a historical period of time or in the last 20 years. Or you could see the various rankings.
What your listing of footnotes might include could be special or niche publications, top-rated publications, authors, and various schools, such as law or medical schools. Or you could focus on legal thought, if your footnote collection or list/database citing scholarship is going to be of interest to legal, medical, educational, technical, or the research places of any branch of science.
You could specialize in citing data from rankings throughout a time period or historically many time periods. Or you could focus on recent article rankings that focus on scholarship that's more recent. If you're interested in citing authors or library researchers, you might collect footnotes and rankings of metrics or tools that measure the impact of scholarship in any particular field that interests you or the market 'audience' you're serving.
For examples, you can run articles through various tools to pick out certain points you want to cite or illustrate. These types of tools usually compile metrics, such as what's trending. Another route is the traditional citation studies. If you go deeper into citation studies, you'll find a branch that looks at how the citations impact scholarship in a particular field such as medical or legal scholarship or any other branch of science or technology, arts, or historical research, nutrition, or well, name your field of focus.
Fred R. Shapiro created the discipline of "legal citology," according to the PDF article, "The Most Cited Law Review Articles of All Time - Michigan Law Review. According to the date of the PDF article, he's noted as the Associate Librarian for Collections and Access and Lecturer in Legal Research, Yale Law School; Editor, Yale Book of Quotations(2006) and Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations (1993).
What if you're interest is more in the arts and crafts? You can develop and cite footnotes on other subjects, whether it's knitting, gardening, genealogy, or any other interest you have as long as there are articles, especially scholarly articles, studies, and other research results or instructional materials to cite. You can do the same for novels, characters in novels, plays, poems, or in any other subject from humanities or industrial trade journal articles.
You also might be interested in publishing the most frequently cited articles from medical, technical, scientific, or linguistic citology, social science citology, or cyber-citology for the Internet and branches of the IT industry, engineering, education, robotics, or even different fields such as reviews cited from old cookbooks and antiques-related publications, gardening, or home repair and mechanics, to mention a few possible topics where there are educational, scholarly, or how-to instructional materials to cite.
Choose your niche
The reason this field is such a natural for sensors, is that sensors feel comfortable all through life in citing sports statistics in general conversation. Details of factual matters, like footnotes and other citings are remembered with ease. Intuitives feel more comfortable citing the big picture which are universal patterns, hunches, ideas, and trends.
Some people hate wordiness or "verbal logorrhea." So they can make money from book-length collections they edit on citations and scholarship. If you enjoy tracking trends, you can focus on citing trends in the citations. To start, contact heads of corporations who are authors, judges, physicians, professionals, executives, and frequently-cited authors, and ask them to give you articles for your collection of citations.
If you would rather analyze, you might enjoy citation analysis
It's an area of scholarship with room for publishing your analysis of somebody else's citations. For example, you may know whether you'll make a good citation analyst because you enjoy analyzing the scholarly or how-to instruction or other works of those who compile the lists. On the other hand, you may not like the focus on detail of compiling lists and would rather write the reviews of articles that are destined to be cited in book-length collections.
Compiling lists could be attractive to those who also enjoy indexing books. And writing reviews of articles or the results of studies might also enjoy writing news releases from reading scientific, technical, or medical studies.
To test whether you prefer collecting citations or writing reviews of studies, ask yourself whether you're a natural collector. Do you collect information, such as books or articles? Or would you rather publish collections of citations that are reviewed by journalists such as science writers or publicists who write news releases of new studies that are published?
Taking citation counts
As you look at what types of businesses are merging the publishing industry, the circles narrow down to a tight niche market called citation counts. Many universities include considering citation counts on the resumes of professors applying for jobs.
The point is writers and publishers usually are highly suited to compiling books that count, review, and analyze the citations found in other periodicals in a particular profession or business. Another type of work might be counters who analyze according to logic or personal likes. Do you enjoy detail work?
Then you also might enjoy proliferation when it applies to developing databases of new information as new information keeps rolling in to publications. Then there are people who like to take footnote counts. Which would you prefer, brevity or wordiness? That depends on whether you want more or less information that has to fit into a fixed space.
Footnote counts add to wordiness
Brevity is what a lot of people like to read and often to write when space if fixed and limited. This holds true in fiction and digital fiction as well. Some people can compile citations of reviews, focusing on the most-cited fiction review articles, if they pick the niche of mainstream or genre fiction, for example, and work in the area of interactive books, scripts, entertainment, and video or other computer games.
Entertainment and computer game industries have entertainment and Internet law niches that have citations of their own, a perfect area for sensors to compile and count, publishing for a niche market, and including marketing reports along with citations. In short, writers-turned-librarians-turned entrepreneurs, can publish electronically or in print, footnotes. Would you like to make money publishing citations? Then first find your niche audience who would read your citations in a particular field.
Citation publishers have a niche all their own that they can develop if focused on areas such as fiction and the Internet, or law, medicine, and the professions or corporate world.
Footnotes compiled by sensors as writers or publishers rely on the ideas of intuitives who create schools of thought or schools of feeling in either fiction, nonfiction, or interactive writing. You could specialize in citing essays, fiction, articles, or interactive edutainment. All you have to do is keep articles on your list and include the fiction or nonfiction that's cited the most in other publications, creating a book of the most frequently mentioned citings. You might start by collecting articles that reveal patterns.
The articles you collect don't have to be important, only reveal patterns, connections, correlations, and transitions between ideas--something usually writers can see. Writers often focus on connections, patterns, such as the connection between music rhythms and mathematics or geometric art, math ratios, and fractals in nature (for example, the golden ratio). For more inforamtion on the golden ratio, see, "Golden Ratio - Math is Fun." and "15 Uncanny Examples of the Golden Ratio in Nature - io9."
Do you look at spirals in nature and connect the dots to patterns in the universe or in the bodies of humans or animals and see the same spirals in plants and sea shells or galaxies? You could compile the connections so analysts can see value in them.
So the criterion you would use to select your citations for inclusion in your book or list would be articles with connections, patterns, and transitions in them
So how will you make money? By looking for connections among articles, fiction, scripts, novels, interactive books, or essays. Look for connections between fiction and nonfiction, or interactive books and courseware scripts for training.
Connections come full circle to the big picture and present the creative writer, mathematician, and artist's focus on seeing the patterns in nature or data, seeing the universal, and getting to the universal through the concrete. Nothing is more concrete than a citing. A citing doesn't require abstract thinking about intangible ideas. It's concrete, tangible detail, like the index citings in the back of a textbook. It's not surreal or perceived and interpreted subjectively like a sighting, where the brain can fool the eye. That's one difference between a citing and a sighting.
A citing is tangible and concrete
From your lists, databases, or books of citings, an engineer, for example, might see the connections among documents between interactive fiction for the Internet and virtual reality therapy used to desensitize phobic patients. If also could publish databases of footnotes. Or if you want work more in-depth, you could focus on reviews, where writers can discuss seeing the connections among articles rather than only listing footnotes in similar grouped categories of subject matter. Maybe you want to communicate a branch of the forest rather than looking at the trees as the whole big picture.
So ask yourself whether you're more comfortable working with the trees--the facts, details, concrete, tangible pieces of information and organizing them methodically into categories of similar groups or subjects. Or would you rather write press releases on why one company switched to a different brand of software because it solved a particular problem? Do you want to write easy-to-understand, user-friendly guidelines that people can follow step-by-step? Or would you rather list and compile citations of scholarly articles?
What feels like the best fit helps you find a place in a media niche that works right for you. To start, find out which articles in your field of interest have the most footnotes. Which articles are mentioned the most frequently in a footnote?
It doesn't matter what field you choose as long as you like the subject and at the same time there's a market for that topic or branch of research
First you have to find a growing audience for that subject. Obviously, there's more people looking for information in fields such as marketing/business, law, medical, computers, construction, IT, engineering, various technologies, industry, economics/finance, science, health/medicine, training/education or travel and culinary fields than in some other fields, for example an audience seeking scholarly articles on other subjects.
You can look at hobbies, for example with gardening and family history/genealogy being the two most popular hobbies in the USA. Or you can turn to technology such as 3D printing to check out citations of scholarly articles. There would be more citations in legal and medical publications, for example than scholarly citations in magazines emphasizing other interests.
Opening up are related fields like entertainment law, computer security, interactive computer games and digital fiction. But interests change frequently as time passes. Not many scholarly articles are devoted to button-hook shoes these days, with the exception of historical fashion magazines and books on fashion history.
Which articles are most often mentioned in a footnote? That's your key to compiling connections between documents as well as the footnotes, so everybody gets the big picture and the facts together.
Use computer databases to do your compiling and indexing. You can even compile citations of the most prolific fiction writers online or on the hiring of interactive game script writers or designers. Visit the libraries of universities and museums by Internet to find out who writes the most scholarly articles. For business, use the universities and the corporate world to collect publications. Writers can make money by collecting other writer's articles if citation listing is your interest.
The profession is called citologist
Don't confuse "citologist" with cytologist: A cytologist studies cells under a microscope to screen for cancer or other abnormality, as in a pap smear cytologist, Cytologists often works for physicians, hospitals, HMOs, or testing laboratories. A citologist collects data, citings, and compiles the citings.
You can compile and pushing the citings. Or you can use the data to make points or your clients use the data to make decisions. What the citologist makes are tallies, lists, or databasers.
You can use the tallies to prove a point in any arena from trends in romance genre fiction to political points about how many women fleeing from domestic violence find permanent jobs or on which medical studies were flawed as pointed out in other citings.
It's fascinating to compile citings of who cites who in print or electronically
You can even write and publish a book of how many times someone or some industry cited another person or industry and whether any connections among those industries can be inferred. Publishing books about footnotes can be a home-based business in the digital media.
Besides citing legal or medical, scientific, or industrial scholarly articles, you could also site articles on what's trending in media or culture, or cite scholarly articles on digital fiction, interactive books, or scholarly articles about social media or foods. The field of citology is open to what the customer asks for and what's the latest trend in scholarly articles. What are people searching for online and in libraries that's cited in someone's database, library, or publication? Citology also is of interest to librarians who specialize in many different fields of interest. It's a matter of compiling footnotes and beyond.